Along with ‘Entourage’, HBO has also brought back ‘Hung’ this week. I realize that this is a divisive show that doesn’t click with everyone. (Drew pretty much trashed it in his review of the first season Blu-ray set, for example.) It took me a while to warm up to it as well, but I did eventually. I like the characters and, by the end of the first season, I was digging it. The second season premiere, which is none-too-subtly titled ‘Just the Tip’, is a pretty strong return.
Hulu Plus was officially announced yesterday, and I have to admit that I’m a fan. Shelling out another $9.99 a month is a bummer, but once the service hits a device I own, I’ll be more than happy to do it.
So, ‘Entourage’ is back for its seventh season on HBO this week. Sigh. This is a series that I used to love, but that is clearly long past its prime. One of my favorite TV bloggers (sadly discontinued) once described the show as like being in an old relationship where the spark has faded. You still like the person and don’t mind spending time in his or her company, but the passion just isn’t there anymore. I couldn’t say it better. The season premiere, called ‘Stunted’, really doesn’t do anything to rekindle the excitement that’s been missing since the ‘Aquaman’ storyline in Seasons 2 and 3. (Spoilers and profanity after the break.)
“Gruesome” is the keyword of the week in the latest episode of ‘True Blood’, called ‘It Hurts Me Too’. Gruesome, violent, shocking, and altogether icky. And that’s just the sex scene! There’s also plenty of other bloody mayhem at play too. In other words, the show is in fine form. Let’s get right to the spoiler-filled recappin’, shall we?
I know that I’ve said this before, but ‘The Good Guys’ on Fox continues to settle into its groove, getting a little bit better episode to episode. Last week’s episode, ‘The Dim Knight’, starts with a (literal) bang. As Jack and Dan walk to their car, oblivious to the people fleeing frantically from the house behind them, that house explodes. In characteristic fashion, the episode then rewinds back to show us the events leading up to this development. As usual, it’s a small crime that leads to a bigger one.
I love Terry Pratchett. He’s my favorite author by far. He does for fantasy what Douglas Adams did for science fiction, but has taken it a step or two further by introducing more elements of social commentary, critical thinking and some delightful wordplay. His books are amazing, but the TV Movies that keep rolling out are dreadful. The latest affair recently aired on the UK’s Sky1. [Ed: It'll probably run on SyFy here eventually, as previous Pratchett movies have.] It’s called ‘Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal,’ and is based very loosely on the similarly-named book ‘Going Postal.’
Strange things are still afoot in the weird little town where the ‘Persons Unknown’ find themselves trapped. I suppose that goes without saying. In last week’s episode, ‘The Way Through’, our band of abductees decide that if they can’t walk or drive out of town, perhaps they can dig a tunnel underneath it. As the episode starts, we’re told that they’ve been digging for a week, and have nearly reached what should be the border. Just as they get there, however, they hit a steel barrier. A siren blares, shutters in the barrier open, and gas fills the tunnel. Uh oh.
Most things that end shouldn’t be brought back. It’s a pretty steadfast rule that we can all agree on. Don’t bring a legendary basketball player out of retirement; don’t date an ex-girlfriend; and never bury your cat, son, or wife in a cemetery that brings people back to life with a weird demonic twist. When something that’s been gone for so long makes a return, it tends to lose the spark that made it great.
‘Futurama’ is an exception.
Among the new shows that networks have been testing out on summer audiences, ‘Scoundrels’ on ABC caught my eye as promising. In the series, Virginia Madsen stars as Cheryl West, the matriarch of a family of small-time con artists living in Palm Springs. The pilot episode, ‘And Jill Came Tumbling After’, premiered this past Sunday. Unfortunately, the show airs opposite ‘True Blood’, which will prevent it from being Day One viewing for me. But that’s what DVRs are for, right? I recorded the pilot and caught up with it this week. I have to admit that, based on the concept and the promos, I was expecting something a little more fun. The first episode didn’t quite live up to my expectations for it. Nevertheless, it still seems to have some potential.
I missed plenty of brand new shows in my previous overview of the summer TV schedule. Let’s rectify that oversight with a look at what else is coming up.